Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Nadal out of China tournaments

Nadal out of China tournaments

World's number one Rafael Nadal will not take part in Beijing ATP-500 and Shanghai Masters.

The top-ranked Nadal retired in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open earlier this month.

The Spaniard, 32, has decided not to play the China Open in Beijing - scheduled for the first week of October - or the Shanghai Masters a week later, leaving the door open for Novak Djokovic to move top of the world rankings by the end of the year.

Nadal was forced to retire during his semi-final against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro at Flushing Meadows with what he later said was tendinitis in his right knee, and will now also miss next month's tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai. His number one ranking could come under threat as a result, with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic behind him in the ATP list.

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Rafa was the defending champion in NY but he failed to repeat the last year's run, struggling in back-to-back matches against Karen Khachanov, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Dominic Thiem (this match alone lasted for nearly five hours) and not being able to finish the semi-final clash despite a great effort in the opening set against the Argentinian.

"While this knee pain is nothing new to me, we have decided together with my medical and technical team not to participate in the Asian tour to recover the knee the way we have always done".

Nadal is sure to drop hundreds of ranking points due to his absence, while Djokovic will only gain after his own struggles this time previous year. However, this year, the 17-time grand slam victor will be skipping the Asian Swing due to his injury, as he confirmed on social media.

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